𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐒𝐢𝐛𝐚𝐥
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 : 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 : 𝟐𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞 : 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐅𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 : 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐
There are two young men in the story, one who is raised with all the luxuries and resources, whereas the other had to work hard for everything. The one builds himself, while the other struggles. As far as this story is concerned, there is neither right nor wrong nor hero nor villain. Just a change in equations between a wealthy family and a working-class family. Sikand was born with a silver spoon, while Rajesh is the son of the house help of the former. As time passes, both of them fall apart. Aahan has access to everything. However, Rajesh will have to learn to listen, submit, to cope with what is handed down to him. As time goes on, Aahan's father finds love with another woman, Nooriya, and this blossoming love affair affects the dynamics of his family. Rajesh, meanwhile, stumbles upon a chance to live a dignified and prosperous life. Although it is not a smooth road, it is nonetheless a gateway.
There was an important political and social message conveyed by Equations regarding the caste system in India; however, it also demonstrated that children born with silver spoons are not always capable or deserving of them whereas people who have been through hardships know what it takes to reach the top. This message was effectively conveyed by the author.
It is, however, too raw, jarring at times and disconnected at others, but most of all superficial and perfunctory in its use of tropes and plot points. It seems as if the author either lost interest/was afraid of the complexity that she might have to commit to or was incapable of building on what had been promised. There are quite a few situations in which equations jump between timelines, from plots to subplots. A sudden change can occur sometimes. It began well and spiked my interest too, but by the middle of the novel, the plot was scattered everywhere and the author could not establish her characters. Despite this, the story has a solid socio-political stance and is worth reading. If you're interested in artificial divides between people, or why relationships end, Equations is a good book to read.
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